The Louisville Cardinals PUMMLED the North Carolina Tar Heels, 83-62. Not only was this the worst regular season loss the Tar Heels have suffered since 2012, this is Roy Williams’ worst loss at home ever. Louisville jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Leading by as much as 21 points, the Cardinals dominated all. game. long.
This was the best I have seen Louisville play since Pitino left. Four players in double digits including two double-doubles. Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora finally looked like they knew what basketball was and Steven Enoch, off the bench, dropped 17 points and 11 boards. These bigs were simply unstoppable. They completely bullied the bigs of UNC. The real genius behind this game, though, was Chris Mack.
This man is one hell of a coach. Mack showed us during his time at Xavier that he can take a ragtag group of guys deep into the tournament. I would be scared to play Louisville in the tournament. Mack straight out-coached Roy Williams today. He forced Roy to play a half-court game and rely on guys like Luke Maye (who I can beat one-on-one). When you rely on bums, you get bum results, like a 21 point defeat.
I would not say Louisville’s program is back yet, but they are definitely on my radar. And probably a lot of other ACC team’s as well. I am not saying that Mack will take Louisville to the Elite 8 like he did Xavier just yet, but I want to guarantee another upset in ACC play this year.